Resident artists began moving in to the renovated building in March of 2016. Within the first few months, all apartments were occupied by a mixture of local and regional artists as well as artists relocating from across the country. This diverse group of artists represents a wide range of backgrounds, demographics and artistic mediums. Many of these artists were already involved in the community and local arts organizations. Along with continuing these efforts, the residents at the Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts have sought to strengthen those ties and additionally offer new opportunities to explore and celebrate the arts.


"To Build The Michigan City Community Through The Arts And Public Events"

Artspace History



The Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts represents the first project for Artspace in Indiana. Now complete and fully leased, the project transformed the vacant Warren Building into an affordable live/work facility containing 44 units of housing for low-income artists and their families, resident gallery exhibition/performance space, and approximately 5,400 sq.ft. of commercial space for creative businesses and arts organizations. Now a sustainable, mixed-use building, the Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts is located in the nationally-designated Franklin Street Historic District of downtown Michigan City in the heart of the Uptown Arts District. 



Established in 1979 to serve as an advocate for artists’ space needs, Artspace effectively fulfilled that mission for nearly a decade. By the late 1980s, however, it was clear that the problem required a more proactive approach, and Artspace made the leap from advocate to developer. Since then, the scope of Artspace's activities has grown dramatically. Artspace is now a national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists through the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and new construction. With 35 projects in operation across the country and another dozen in development, Artspace represents a unique, $600 million investment in America's arts infrastructure.